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"Kaiju vs Heroes" at the Japanese American National Museum

Museums Free-For-All in Los Angeles: Feb. 2-3, 2019

01/29/2015

Discover Los Angeles

In a joint effort to showcase the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities in Southern California, SoCal Museums presents the annual Museums Free-For-All on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3. Dozens of museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.

This offer is for general museum admission at participating museums only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply. Consult individual museum websites for hours, directions, and other visitor information.

Read on for highlights of Museums Free-For-All 2019.

Griffith Observatory at night

Go On Location: Top 10 Science Fiction Movie & TV Locations in Los Angeles

12/23/2014

Lindsay Blake

Los Angeles is world famous for its sandy beaches, towering palm trees and sparkling stretches of ocean. L.A. also boasts its fair share of unique, otherworldly and sometimes bizarre landscapes and structures. Over the years, science fiction film and television makers have flocked to these mystical locales to lens some of the genre’s most iconic productions. Read on to learn about ten of the most extraordinary L.A. locations that have been immortalized in science fiction films and TV series.

Larchmont Village clock

A Walking Tour of Larchmont Village

12/16/2014

Esther Tseng

Discover an intimate shopping district and community in historic Larchmont Village, the hub of many activities for the residents of one of L.A.’s most well-regarded neighborhoods. There’s been a recent surge of newcomers to the pedestrian-friendly area, but you'd be remiss if you overlooked the long-time favorites. Read on for a walking tour of Larchmont Village, from one of L.A.’s best coffee shops to unique stores and excellent restaurants.

Michael Myers' house from "Halloween"

Go On Location: Iconic Horror Movie Locations in Los Angeles

09/26/2014

Lindsay Blake

The late 1970s through the early 90s was a golden age of the horror/slasher flick, and nowhere was filming of the genre more prevalent than in the City of Angels and its environs. Many horror locales from that time period remain unchanged today, still possessing the power to give those in the know a good spook. Read on for a guide to some of the most iconic horror movie locations in Los Angeles.

Discover Marilyn Monroe's Los Angeles

05/27/2014

Daniel Djang

Norma Jeane Mortenson was born in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926. The world knows her today as Marilyn Monroe, who became one of the biggest movie stars of the 1950s and early 1960s, only to have her life cut short at age 36. Monroe was known for her comedic performances in classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot. Eager to escape typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio - her dramatic turn in Bus Stop earned critical praise and garnered a Golden Globe nomination. In the decades since her controversial death - officially ruled a “probable suicide” - Monroe has become a legendary movie star, international sex symbol, and pop culture icon. Read on for Los Angeles locations where you can discover Marilyn Monroe’s enduring legacy, from her favorite hotels and restaurants, to one of the world’s foremost collections of Marilyn memorabilia.

Mothershucker Platter at Fishing with Dynamite

Hidden Gems in the Beach Cities of Los Angeles

04/27/2014

Esther Tseng

The three sister Beach Cities in the South Bay of Los Angeles - Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach - represent a unique L.A. beach culture that can only be experienced in the flesh. The real estate in the area is consistently ranked as some of the most expensive in the country, thanks to spectacular coastal views and its proximity to the ocean. Aerospace, maritime and other industries fuel the economy here, but visitors will be privy to a beach community focused around activities taking place along The Strand, on beautiful beaches, and bustling piers located in each of these cities. Whether you're into biking, beach volleyball, sunbathing, surfing, swimming, body surfing, paddle boarding or simply walking and sightseeing or dining, the Beach Cities offer a slice of Southern California that you just can't miss. Read on and discover the hidden gems in the beautiful Beach Cities of L.A.

Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City

Hidden Gems in Century City

04/07/2014

Esther Tseng

Century City originated as the backlot of 20th Century Fox. With the advent of television representing tough competition for the studio and a budget for the movie Cleopatra spiraling out of control, the studio sold portions of its backlot to Alcoa Inc. and William Zeckendorf with the option to lease 75 acres back.

Welton Becket - who designed landmarks such as the Capitol Records building, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and the Cinerama Dome - as well as other architects were hired to develop a masterplan for the brand new commercial and residential city-within-a-city, using aluminum for high rises. The city was designed with pedestrian bridges and wide boulevards to ease crowding. Today, Century City is a center of business and commerce in Los Angeles, so it can be easy to overlook the public places worth visiting. Read on and discover 10 hidden gems in Century City.

Sandy and Danny at the Frosty Palace in "Grease"

Go On Location: Ten Romantic Los Angeles Movies

01/30/2014

Discover Los Angeles

With L.A.’s sunny weather, breathtaking scenery and spectacular sunsets, it’s no wonder that romance seems to be everywhere in the City of Angels. Filmmakers have made romantic movies in Los Angeles for generations, and we’ve picked ten of the best, from the silent era to the near future.

Discover Charlie Chaplin's Los Angeles

01/27/2014

Daniel Djang

Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was one of the most important and influential figures in history, named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century for the "laughter [he brought] to millions." Chaplin's extraordinary talents included acting, writing, and composing. Several of his films are considered among the greatest in all of cinema. Chaplin’s iconic “Little Tramp” character transcends the movie industry and is known around the world. At the height of his fame and artistry, Chaplin lived and worked in Los Angeles. From his favorite lunch table to his namesake studio, here are ten places where you can discover Charlie Chaplin’s Los Angeles.

Discover Elvis Presley's Los Angeles

01/07/2014

Daniel Djang

Born on Jan. 8, 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was one of the greatest cultural icons of the 20th century, known to millions of fans around the world as “the King of Rock and Roll,” or simply, “the King.” Elvis was a transformative music figure who fused country, rhythm and blues, and elements of pop and gospel into what became the foundation of rock and roll. His extraordinary stage presence broke barriers, set the standard for all who followed, and galvanized an entire generation of youth culture.

In terms of pure numbers, Elvis is unmatched - according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Elvis is the best-selling solo artist of all time, with 1 billion sales worldwide (146.5 million in the U.S.). He’s inspired a legion of impersonators, and pretenders to his throne come and go. But Elvis Presley will always be the King. 

Elvis fans can explore his legacy throughout L.A., from a historic recording studio to his favorite restaurants, hotels, and even a spiritual sanctuary near the Pacific Ocean. Read on and discover Elvis Presley’s Los Angeles.

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